Old reliable Hale Irwin blew a two-shot lead on the last hole with a shocking double bogey. Earlier, Kiyoshi Murota was up by four strokes, lost the lead, hurt his back, and then ended up tied for first with Irwin.
Hale Irwin shot his age for the first time on the Champions Tour, finishing with a 6-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead in the AT&T Championship with John Cook, Larry Nelson, Chien Soon Lu and Mark Wiebe.
Bernhard Langer feels Hunter Mahan's pain. In the 1991 Ryder Cup, Langer, playing for Europe, missed a 6-foot par putt in his match against Hale Irwin. Langer still hears the Americans celebrating, writes Bob Harig.